By Mark Cortez, Donate Life Ambassadaor and OSU Alum
Such a great part of being a staff member of The Ohio State University is being able to actively promote and participate in events that allow this phrase to ring true. As a graduate of The Ohio State University and now an Admissions Counselor I have the privilege of being able to say I am a true Buckeye for Life both at work and in the community.
Since 2008 I have been a Donate Life Ambassador, spreading the message of the importance of Organ and Tissue Donation across the state of Ohio. I do this in remembrance of the anonymous person whose decision to become and organ donor saved the life of my father who was on the National Transplant Waiting List in 2001. Today, this list is comprised of more than 108,000 individuals from all across the states, including Ohio and Michigan.
In 2006 the state of Michigan, in collaboration with the University of Michigan, launched a challenge to the state of Ohio and The Ohio State University to see who could register the most number of new organ donors in their respective state. For the past four years, students, staff, alumni, friends, and family of The Ohio State University have quickly registered their on-line decision to become a Buckeye for Life.
Their commitment to be organ and tissue donors has helped OSU win the competition every year!
This year we find ourselves struggling to keep the tradition going. The state of Michigan is leading the competition by 10,000 people who have registered their decision to become organ and tissue donors!
To carry on the excellence, you can still help us beat Michigan! Now through Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 you can log ontowww.lifelineofohio.org/beatmichigan to register to be an organ and tissue donor to add a point to the scoreboard for Ohio. Your decision to do so may help to save one of the 18 people who die each day waiting for a transplant.